I could totally see this as an actual show. Given the genre, that’s a huge compliment. Often, one of the biggest pitfalls endured by games that try to one-up Pokémon are lackluster character designs. For all that people roast things like the keychain Pokémon and the ice cream cone Pokémon, the Japanese franchise has iconic monsters that we’ve grown to love over the past 20 years.
Temtem manages to stack up against that legacy, at least in terms of aesthetics. Critters and humans are so vibrant and lively in this pastel-colored game that I immediately want to get lost in this world. It reminds me a little bit of what it was like to watch the evocative Overwatch reveal trailer back when the Blizzard shooter was first announced — you didn’t even have to see any gameplay to get interested.
Unfortunately, if you’re trying to jump into Temtem on day one, you might find yourself butting heads against the overworked servers. I haven’t been able to log in all day. The developer says it’s working on it, so in the meantime, all we can do is appreciate the gorgeous launch trailer.